The Second Year of Monochrome Madness (week one)

the second year of  a magnificent Monochrome Madness (week one) from photographer/artist Leanne Cole.    I love the mysteries and moodiness of Monochrome and am happy to participate in this event. It somehow suits my joyful melancholia!! Others too have a great empathy for it so do visit the above link for all the wonderful offerings.

 I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.  Edgar Allan Poe

Green mansions sepia
Hunting for dreams

Here are a few more! I added a touch of coloured filter to a few.  I liked the effect.

 

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  1. Truels says:

    Great monochrome photos, personally I prefer the ones without colores filters.

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    1. thanks so much Truels- Yes as a rule I do too. Sometimes it’s fun to experiment!

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  2. Oooh, joyful melancholia – I totally get that! I also totally adore your style, Cybele, I love the light shining on the balcony of the castle, it gives a nice emotion to the somber shadows. I also love the fountain, I said when I saw it, there it is! The splashing fountain! Only maybe it’s fajr, and still mostly dark… ❤❤❤;^))))

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    1. I Love that idea of morning prayer Aisha just before dawn rises gloriously!! So much to be thankful for. Yes if you have any Irish or Celt in you I think we all have that streak of joyful melancholia!! Thanks so much for your wonderful compliments Aisha! – And keep writing your story!

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      1. Yes, my Irish eyes are smiling today, Dear Cybele! I wrote a post on EdenKeeper today with 10 Irish blessings to celebrate St Patrick’s Day – happy shiny green shamrocks to you and yours! http://edenkeeper.org/2015/03/17/10-irish-blessings-to-celebrate-st-patricks-day/ ❤❤❤;^)

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      2. hooray for Irish eyes!!! Blessings Aisha!!

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  3. Emilio Pasquale says:

    I sometimes feel I am living Poe’s quote. And it’s really not all that bad! 🙂 I love Shades of Usher. The lighting is beautiful and I love the tint you gave it!

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    1. thanks so much Emilio- from a kindred soul!

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  4. Aquileana says:

    Almost a fairy tale…. 😀 BTW I love Poe’s quote!… Best regards ❤ Aquileana 😀

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    1. Glad you like the quote ! It’s a favourite of mine!! Thanks Aquileana!!

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  5. Maria F. says:

    I like all of them; how magical is your world!

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    1. sweet!! thank you so much!!

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  6. I think there’s a potential story hidden in each of those pictures, especially the haunted pergola.

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    1. I am sure there is!! But I’ve been a bit blocked up these days- I will I will!!

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      1. I know what you mean by being blocked up, as the last few months have not been hugely creative for me — just little snatches of inspiration here and there. Life exigencies kind of take over and it’s just best to go with the flow, rather than fight it, and eventually the spirit will move. I think if we just keep our creativity gently ticking over, then it will burst forth with new fire, like spring flowers coming into bloom.

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      2. Beautifully said and described Sarah! I try to go with the flow even if it’s a trickle!! 😀

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  7. robert87004 says:

    Joyful melancholia? Oh my gosh, OK, I live that too. 🙂

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    1. haha!! A kindred soul!!

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  8. afairymind says:

    Gorgeous images full of magic and mystery. 🙂 Just beautiful!

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    1. thank you so much fairy!!!

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  9. Joyful melancholia, what a nice way to put it. Lovely images, I am used to your atmospheric takes, by now I can pick them out of the crowd.

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    1. thanks so much Lore- but now I must try not to be too predictable lol.

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  10. poppytump says:

    How lovely to immerse myself in some different kind of wonderment and fantasy Cybele 🙂
    Lovely imaginative processing with your photographs !

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    1. your comment is so appreciated! Thanks Poppy!!

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  11. Cecilia says:

    What an incredible picture! It has such a mood, wow. Congratulations.

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    1. Thank you so much Cecilia!! thank you for stopping by!!

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  12. “Hunting for Dreams” has an ethereal magic about it. It invites us to visit the known an unknown.

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    1. thank you so much Sally!! I feel that way about the wood- magic around every corner!

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  13. sixpixx says:

    FAB U LOUS, as ever.

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    1. Thanks so much Six!!

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  14. You are off to a good start for year #2

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    1. Thank you Robert! Most are infrared as you can see!

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  15. Amy says:

    Agree with Laura, Magic! Love the first one especially. 🙂

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  16. kazg10 says:

    Just magical Cybele 🙂

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    1. Much appreciated, thank you Kaz!

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  17. Great challenge monochrome. Superb work Cybele

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  18. sedge808 says:

    these are lovely

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  19. All just beautiful, Cybele!

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  20. katieprior says:

    Beautiful shots Cybele, and very evocatively titled, “the haunted pagoda” it looks like it could be too!

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    1. brrhahaha!! Thanks so much Katie!!

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  21. Suzanne says:

    These are beautiful. So mysterious yet so inviting.

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    1. Thanks my friend!!!

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  22. Robyn G says:

    Gorgeous images Cybele – love the different moods.
    Funny quote from Poe 😜

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    1. I love the quote!! Thank so much Robyn!!

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  23. suej says:

    What a fantastic set! Full of soul and loaded with mystery in the case of Hunting for Dreams and Shades of Usher in particular! And I like the chiaroscuro Guardian !! 😀

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    1. A thousand thanks Sue!!!

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  24. DG MARYOGA says:

    I have just come back from Leanne’s site,from a fine gallery with Monochrome magic,and I take my time to enjoy your collection,Cybele Dear!Pure classic images with beautiful light to create the mood to see beyond the visible … Oh,my imagination always run wild … This Shadow Path is most appealing …

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    1. thanks so much Doda!! Beautiful comments from you are so welcome!!

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  25. lauramacky says:

    Pure magic in all its glory!! A nice way to begin the year. And just fyi, it’s just Leanne’s baby this year, so you can delete my name from future posts. 🙂

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    1. thank you Laura and sorry! I will do that!!

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      1. lauramacky says:

        No worries! I just didn’t want to take credit for something I’m not doing.

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  26. Your shots here and those on the Jeanne Cole site are simply gorgeous. B&W has such soul compared to color.

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    1. a great compliment Michael and I will check out her site too!!! ( and I do agree!!)

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      1. I meant Leanne Cole. Don’t know how that J got in there. Lol.

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      2. no worries!! 🙂

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